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Won't You Be My Neighbor?
With all the stresses that accompany moving to a new city, it’s easy to forget that the work isn’t over once you settle into your new home. You may know some folks in your new city already, but chances are, you won’t know any of your neighbors. How do you play the getting-to-know-you game as a full-fledged adult?
Well, perhaps predictably, the first step is to approach people. But remember to be observant and aware: if you see a neighbor fumbling with car keys and yelling at their toddler, that would probably not be the best time to introduce yourself. At some point, it’ll happen however, so be ready with an “I’m so-and-so and I just moved in.” Keep the conversation on a neutral topic like your new city, and inquire about its’ restaurants or businesses, or about the neighborhood.
Once you’ve broken the ice with a few neighbors, think about throwing a party or getting involved in community activities. In other words, be social! Find the local coffee shop, join a book club, or look into volunteer opportunities in the area. Once you feel part of the immediate neighborhood, it will get easier to feel part of the city in its entirety. [Soyouwanna.com]